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  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 1:02 PM | Anonymous

    For the rest of April, The California Historical Society (CHS) is accepting submissions for the 2016 CHS Book Award. If any of your colleagues or contacts are writing about California's history (whether that be social, political, cultural, or environmental history), it's not too late to submit a manuscript! Attached is the Call for Submissions as a PDF and Word document; we welcome you to pass it along.

    We are searching for a book-length manuscript that makes an important contribution to both scholarship and to the greater community by deepening public understanding of some aspect of California historyThe deadline to submit is May 1, 2016and authors with manuscripts that will be completed before September 1, 2016 are welcome to apply.

    The award carries a $5,000 author advance for the winning manuscript and publication by CHS and Heyday (independent nonprofit publisher)with an awards ceremony, ample promotion, and an author tour throughout the state. The purpose of the award is to discover and promote an exciting new literary work in celebration of California’s heritage. 

    For more information about the CHS Book Award contest, please visit

  • Monday, April 18, 2016 6:03 PM | Anonymous

    Conference Website:
    Call for Papers
    American Society for Ethnohistory
    2016 Conference
    Nashville, Tennessee
    November 9-12, 2016

     "Ethnohistories of Native Space"

     With a population boom putting this "big city with a small-town feel" to new spatial tests, Nashville still earns its fame as Athens of the South and Music City USA.  But it is also a borderland between multiple American Indian nations, the plantation home of Andrew Jackson, terminus of the ancient Natchez Trace, and way station on the Cherokee Trail of Tears.  Today, Nashville is also headquarters of the United Southern and Eastern Tribes, Inc.  This dynamic place in the Tennessee River Valley invites ethnohistorians to consider comparatively many questions about making and mapping human landscapes, colonizing and dispossessing Indigenous peoples, and losing and recovering native spaces.

     Sometimes even designated "the vacant quarter" for late Mississippian and early colonial times, this region's history of competing and overlapping claims complicates concepts like homelands, buffer zones, and middle grounds.  Nashville's pivotal position in the interstate slave trade and Indian removal also challenges us to reconsider issues of mobility and migration.  The American Society for Ethnohistory's 2016 program committee encourages submission of proposals that will pursue analysis of dwelling, diaspora, and other experiences of space and place in a wide variety of ways—from inquiry into how native spaces are represented through narrative and performance, to study of different forms of colonial intrusion, to use of Geographic Information Systems for tracking patterns of interaction and movement.  

     Submission Proposal Guidelines:  Please submit your proposal as a MS Word document to by May 27, 2016.  Notification of the status of the submission by July 8, 2016.

     Please follow the guidelines below for Individual Papers, Panels, Roundtable Discussion Panels, film Screenings, and Poster Sessions.

    Individual Paper, Poster Session, and Film Screening Proposal:  Please include with your abstract a brief, one-page curriculum vitae.  When submitting your file via email to please save the file as Lastname_Individual.docx and your c.v. as Lastname_CV.doc

    ABSTRACT:  250-300 words; single-spaced
    Institutional affiliation
    Mailing Address and Email

     Paper Panel and Roundtable Discussion Panel Proposal:  In your panel proposal please be sure to include a one-paragraph description of the panel that details the panel title, proposed Chair and Commentator for the panel, number of papers to be included in the panel, and for each of the participants submit the abstracts of individual paper proposals.  For the files submitted to please save the entire panel proposal (including individual abstracts and panel description) with the Organizer's Last name as Lastname_Panel.docx and then include brief one-page curriculum vitae for each participant in one document with the Organizer's Last name as Lastname_CV.docx

    Institutional Affiliation
    Mailing Address and Email

     Audiovisual Equipment:  All breakout rooms at the Hutton Hotel will include a computer LCD projector and screen.  Please make sure to bring your presentation with you on a flash drive and please make sure to let the program organizer (Daniel Usner, know if you need further equipment for a film screening.

     Program Committee

     Kristofer Ray, Austin Peay State University
    Julie Reed, University of Tennessee
    Kathryn Sampeck, Illinois State University
    Ashley Riley Sousa, Middle Tennessee State University
    Daniel Usner, Vanderbilt University (chair)
    Steven Wernke, Vanderbilt University

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    The Western History Association is extending the deadline to submit applications for the WHA Graduate Student Prize to June 1, 2016.

    Each recipient will receive:

         A one-year WHA Membership

        2016 conference registration and accommodations for three nights in the conference hotel

        A ticket to the opening reception at the 2016 conference

        A ticket to the graduate student reception at the 2016 conference

     Prize Responsibilities: WHA Graduate Student Prize winners are expected to be active in the organization through service on WHA committees and/or through participation in annual conference events and attendance at conference sessions. In addition, WHA Graduate Student Prize winners will act as co-hosts of the Graduate Student Reception each year. Prize winners must attend the WHA conference in the award year. The WHA Graduate Student Prize may be held concurrently with other WHA graduate student awards. Each WHA Graduate Student Prize winner must submit a two-page post-conference report to the WHA no later than December 31 of the award year. Details on report requirements will be included with the award letter.

     To apply, please submit:

    •  Application cover page (name, contact information, institutional affiliation, year of study, and the names of thesis or dissertation committee members).

    • Curriculum vitae

    • A brief (one page) description of your interest in this prize and an assessment of how this prize will foster your professional goals

    All materials should be submitted electronically to Application deadline is June 1, 2016.  Late submissions will not be reviewed. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Winners will be notified by August 1, 2016.

    Western History Association
    University of Alaska Fairbanks
    Department of History
    605 Gruening Building
    P.O. Box 756460
    Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
    (907) 474-6509

  • Friday, April 01, 2016 3:59 PM | Anonymous

     As a reminder, all WHA award submissions are due today, April 1,  except the Autry Public History Prize. Submissions for The Autry Prize are due next month on Sunday, May 1.
    Click here to see the guidelines for the Autry Public History Prize for more information.

    Good Luck!

  • Friday, March 25, 2016 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    A letter from Patrick McCarthy:

    I seek either a proven writer, preferably, or an outstanding doctoral student whom I would consider a “generalist,” who engage multidisciplinary methods in their scholarly pursuits.

    I have been involved for 35 years researching and publishing regarding how the image of the mountain man is depicted in 35 differing categories appearing in American Culture.

    Example: Patrick McCarthy, “‘Westers,' Not Westerns’: Exteriorizing the ‘Wild Man Within,’” Journal of Popular Film & Television 23(3) (Fall 1995): 116-129.

    I have terminal cancer, and there’s much to done to bring my efforts to full fruition, so it’s necessary to turn over my main project to a deserving, qualified, if accomplished, person.

    This individual could be an historian, psychologist, folklorist, sociologist, anthropologist, feminist, men’s studies specialist, or, conceivably, a combo of all of the aforementioned.

    Precisely, another scholar and I have accumulated enough information and materials to create a hefty, 26-chapter, two-volume book, which would be the definitive work about the mountain man’s depiction throughout American Culture (including historical literature) and would, ostensibly, be a bestseller.

    Please bear in mind, the working title for the work is: “The Mountain Man Paradigm: A Psycho-Cultural Reader.” But once I turn the reins over to you, the project is yours to develop.

    All you need to do is: (1) perform additional, required research about the modern mountain man rendezvous, updating what we have done; (2) further organize all existing information and materials; (3) and, finally, edit the entire manuscript and locate a publisher.

    However, I have a book contract with the best epublisher in America. I would consider transferring that book contract, sans any exchange of monies, to the right person.

    If you are the final candidate, you would have to undergo an on-site interview, at your expense, at my safe place of residence in Boise, Idaho.

    If we mutually agree that you are the one person for the job then and there, that part of the deal is complete, with the epublisher option a second part of the agreement to be decided.

    I will help you all I can for as long as I can, writing a psychological analysis of ultra-famous trapper Jedediah Strong Smith’s inner life, for one chapter, and, for another chapter, providing an overall psychological appraisal of the mountain man’s character in general.

    The process for determining the likely person to assume my research and writing is completely transparent, and all queries will be promptly answered.

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    The Western History Association seeks a new Executive Director and home for its executive office, beginning July 1, 2017. The Executive Director, selected by the WHA Council, is a member of the Council and, with the President and the President-elect constitutes the Association’s Executive Committee to conduct Association business when the Council is not in session. The Executive Director conducts the routine affairs of the Association, maintains Association records and accounts, makes annual financial reports to Council, reports to membership on the actions of Council, arranges for annual meetings of the Association, and conducts the annual business meeting as well as other duties assigned by the Council. The Constitution of the WHA, which defines and describes the core duties of the Executive Director, can be consulted on-line at

    Applicants with faculty appointments should be tenured with appropriate publications and administrative experience. Applicants from research libraries, museums, or other institutions should have sufficient seniority and institutional backing to provide assurance of secure tenure and ongoing support. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate institutional support (office space, clerical-administrative staff, etc.) and the ability to devote 50% of her or his time to the WHA. The WHA contributes financially to supplement the support provided by the institutional sponsor.

    Applicants should use regular or electronic mail to send a letter of interest, a c. v., the names of three references, and a letter of support from their institution to:

     George Miles, Chair of the WHA Search Committee
    Yale Collection of Western Americana
    P. O. Box 208330
    New Haven, CT 06520-8330

     To be assured of consideration applications must be received by September 1, 2016. Interviews will be conducted at the annual meeting of the WHA in St. Paul, Minnesota the week of October 17, 2016.  The WHA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

     Potential applicants are encouraged to address questions to members of the search committee:

    Don Fixico;
    Chuck Rankin;
    Pablo Mitchell;
    Sherry Smith;
    Virginia Scharff;
    Marsha L Weisiger;
    George Miles

     Or to

     WHA President John Faragher, or
    WHA President-elect Steve Aron

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    Buffalo Bill Center of the West

    Call for Proposals: 2016 – 2017 Resident Fellowships


    Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Center) in Cody, Wyoming, invites proposals for its 2016 – 2017 Resident Fellowship Program. Fellowships are intended to fund research advancing knowledge, understanding, and passion about the cultural and natural heritage of the American West and its global relevance. Fellows will be granted a stipend of $5,000. Note: While Fellowships generally are intended for individuals, the Center will consider group proposals from two or more individuals. If applying as a group, each member must submit the required application materials. If a Fellowship is awarded to a group, the amount awarded will remain $5,000.

    Research Topics:

    Fellows may conduct archival  collections-based, and/or field-based research  associated with one or more of the Center’s five museums (Buffalo Bill, Cody Firearms, Draper Natural History, Plains Indian and Whitney Western Art) and McCracken Research Library.  Research and collection strengths at the Center include but are not limited to: western art and art history; Plains Indian art and cultures; Greater Yellowstone ecology, conservation and wildlife management; firearms history and technology; western history, and the life and times of William F. Cody. Please visit the Center’s website ( for more information on these areas. Note: Special consideration will be given to research proposals that incorporate an interdisciplinary approach and/or innovative methodologies in the study of the American West.

    Fellowship Requirements:

    • Projects must be relevant to the Center’s mission and tied to its resources and/or expertise. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Center staff in their area(s) of interest to determine the availability of resources and discuss their proposed research project.





    Gretchen Henrich

    Interpretive Education; Electronic Learning


    Ashley Hleblinsky



    Jeremy Johnston

    Western History,

    Papers of William F. Cody


    Karen McWhorter

    Western Art


    karenm@center of

    Dr. Charles Preston

    Natural History; Yellowstone Ecosystem


    cpreston@centerofthewest .org

    Mary Robinson

    Library Collection,

    Historic Photographs


    Rebecca West

    Plains Indian Culture


    • Generally, it is expected that fellows will complete a residency of about two weeks or more, depending on the parameters of the Fellow’s research needs. The period of residency must be completed between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017. There are two weeks which are not available for residency during this time: June 13 to June 19, 2016 and September 19 to September 25, 2016.

    • Fellows must arrange their own transportation, lodging, and meals during residency. (Note: Cody housing/lodging rates are high during the summer tourist season; off-season rates are much cheaper.)

    • Fellows are required to make a public presentation about their research. Suitable formats include, but are not limited to, a lecture, apeer-reviewed journal article, and book or book chapter. Any such public presentation must credit the support of the Center.

    • Fellows must submit a project summary at the end of their residency.

    Application Requirements:

    • Please submit the following application materials electronically to Christine Searles, Human Resources Manager at the following address:

      • A narrative statement (not to exceed three pages), summarizing the proposed project’s purpose, parameters and methodologies, and addressing how the Center’s staff expertise, archival, photographic, physical collections, or other resources will significantly contribute to the project’s ultimate success.

      • A timeline outlining the plan of research and dates for anticipated products.

      • A résumé, C.V. or similar evidence of qualifications.

      • Two letters of reference.

      • Any other material deemed relevant for consideration.

    Selection Criteria:

    Fellowships will be awarded based on the following criteria:

    • The extent to which the proposed project draws upon the Center’s collections, resources, and/or expertise.

    • The research project’s potential contribution to understanding of the cultural and natural heritage of the American West and its timeless and global relevance.

    • The potential for professional presentation and/or publication upon completion of the Fellow’s research.

    • The likelihood of the project to succeed based on the proposed approach, timeframe, and candidate’s qualifications.


    April 15, 2016. Fellowships will be awarded by May 1, 2016. All applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of their proposal. Should add curators/library director, their areas of expertise, and contact information.


    Please contact Christine Searles at

  • Monday, March 14, 2016 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    The Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards. Nomination and program information is posted on our website and social media pages. We hope you can assist us in spreading the word even further by including a link in your newsletters, news sites, or websites. Projects, individuals, and organizations can be nominated for an award. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

    For more information visit: 

  • Friday, March 11, 2016 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Utah Division of State History invites the public, scholars, students, policymakers, Indian tribes, and organizations to submit proposals for papers, sessions, panels, roundtables, or multimedia presentations exploring the theme Rural Utah and Western Issues. Sessions for the 64th annual Utah State History conference will be held on September 30, 2016.

    Although Utah and the American West are highly urbanized—principally a product of arid geography—some of their defining characteristics are open spaces and sparse populations. Outside of its urban corridors, the West is a region of small towns and scattered homes amid a big landscape. Its history is a mosaic of agriculture, ranching, manufacturing, community life, and culture. Unfortunately, it is also sometimes ignored in the wider histories.

    One of the biggest and most recognizable of western landscapes is Utah’s—the expansive range of the Great Basin, the peaks of the Central Rockies, and the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. Approximately 97 percent of Utah’s land area is considered rural. But this is not an unpeopled and unstoried landscape. About one in ten Utahns lives in towns of 2,500 people or less.

    Rural Utahns have grappled with economic development, the dynamics of in-migration, rural gentrification, and the retention of rural culture and identity. Land and resource issues—federal ownership of vast tracts of locally used land, scarcity of water, and energy development among them—are also common, as they are in the histories of other western states. This conference seeks to examine the historical dimensions of these issues, highlighting new, revised, or heretofore unknown histories of rural and western life for a twenty-first century public.

    The 2016 Program Committee invites proposals that explore the issues and histories confronting rural Utah and the broader American West. Submissions on other aspects of Utah history will also be considered. We welcome a range of formats, from the traditional panels and sessions to more innovative formats. We encourage full session or panel submissions, though we will make every effort to match single paper proposals with other panels and papers.

    Website address for submissions:

    Proposals can be submitted February 1 to April 25, 2016

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